Texas man guilty in sexual assault of ex-neighbor
The Associated Press
Updated: 8:06 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012
WEATHERFORD, Texas — A Texas man who abducted his former neighbor and tortured the woman while holding her captive for nearly two weeks was convicted Tuesday.
Jeffrey Allan Maxwell, 59, faces up to life in prison after being found guilty of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated sexual assault. Jurors, who took less than an hour to convict Maxwell, will hear more evidence during the trial's punishment phase set to begin Wednesday.
After the judge read the verdict, the victim shared hugs with some people in the courtroom and later smiled. She declined comment.
She testified last week that Maxwell abducted her from her rural home at gunpoint March 1 after beating her in the face and shackling her hands and legs. Then he drove 100 miles away to his Corsicana house, 50 miles south of Dallas. She was rescued 12 days later when authorities went to question him about her disappearance after her house burned down.
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